Initially, the city tweeted that the person was killed, but in a second tweet, city officials said the person was in critical condition on life support. The person, who remains unnamed, was shot by another civilian, according to CNN.
Throughout the night, protesters and police squared off in the streets of downtown Charlotte, turning over trash cans to set the contents on fire, while a few protesters broke off, blocking I-277. According to reports, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was knocked down during a live shot.
Police used tear gas and flash grenades in return. According to CNN, one officer sustained injuries.
A second protest in a nearby park remained peaceful, the outlet writes.
Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency, ordering deployment of the National Guard in Charlotte, CBS reports.
“Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated,” he wrote in a statement.
Protesters rallied after two separate press conferences held by police and Scott’s supporters varied in narrative.
Police chief Kerr Putney told the room of reporters that Scott refused several verbal commands from officers to stand down before he was fatally shot. A weapon was recovered at the scene, but the book that Scott’s family claims he was holding was never found.
Scott’s family maintains he was unarmed on the day of the shooting. During a press conference organized by Charlotte activists in support of Scott, Reverend BJ Murphy of the Nation Of Islam called for an economic boycott.
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